Astrum Multi Academy Trust - Consultation on Hatchside School

Closed 11 Dec 2020

Opened 16 Nov 2020


The Department for Education (DfE), London Borough of Redbridge (LBR) and Astrum Multi Academy Trust are in the pre-opening phase of a New Local Authority Commissioned Special Free School. Hatchside School will provide both permanent and assessment places for pupils in EY and KS1 with a range of SLCN (Speech, Language, and Communication Needs), SEMH (Social, Emotional, and Mental Health), Cognition and Learning and Communication and Interaction needs.

The present Redbridge special schools are at full capacity and LBR identified a short fall of at least 100 places over the next 6 years. Hatchside School will help to meet the pressure of the current situation along with the ever-increasing pressure for appropriate assessments for young children. Many of
these pupils are currently in mainstream nurseries or schools and require this specialised environment for their assessment to take place in the most appropriate way with a multi professional approach consisting of Health, Therapy and Educational professionals. 

Pupils will have a fully individualised programme and support to optimise their learning opportunities across the school within an environment providing for a continuous provision. The specialist rooms include, a soft play room, sensory/immersive room and Therapy bases.

Astrum Multi Academy Trust, were appointed as the preferred choice to develop the school in 2018 along with the Local Authority and the Department for Education so we can share our expertise and outstanding educational opportunities with the new school which is a 5-minute drive from the Trust Base at Newbridge School in Chadwell Heath. 

Hatchside School is being built in Aldborough Road North and the planning of the schools building has been undertaken by the DfE along with the full input from the Astrum Senior staff to ensure the building will fully reflect the needs of the proposed pupils’ cohorts ensuring that the highest possible
standards are maintained.

The Local Authority has a clear view of the proposed pupil cohort and is working closely with the Trust on this to ensure that the pupils are ready to start to attend in April 2021.

Further information can be found in the document below. 

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Why we are consulting

As part of the preopening process, the law requires us to consult with the local community and other interested parties on our plans for the school. This process is known as the section 10 Consultation (Section 10 of the Academies Act). 

This consultation is being carried out by LBR on behalf of Astrum Multi Academy Trust. 


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